Thursday, July 15, 2010

Korea and the Seventh Corporal Work of Mercy

News that "a time-honored tradition in Korea.... has drastically waned" — The Waning Culture of Burial. Chung Sung-hee notes, "Korean preference for burial, which had been rooted in the people like a religious belief, has apparently declined because of the emergence of a new generation of young people who value living over Confucian belief and rites."

"The culture of burial, which has long dominated Korean society since ancient times, is waning hopelessly due to the passage of time," concludes the author. Let us pray that "the passage of time" does not lead post-Confucian Korea to follow post-Catholic Belgium — Belgium's plan to wash its dead down the drain: Bodies would be dissolved in caustic solution... and flushed into the sewer.

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